This month, I had the pleasure of celebrating the tenth anniversary of a 90-year old organization. It was exactly 10 years ago that BBYO established itself as an independent organization, leaving its birthplace at B’nai B’rith International and starting a journey to reinvent itself into the thriving, energetic force that today is reaching and engaging more than 36,000 teens annually.
Austinite Ryan Ladd won election as Vice President of the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO/AZA) International Executive Board at the organization's international convention held over Presidents' Day Weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.
In May 2010, I was just trying to make it through my last couple weeks of junior high school. I had recently joined a small youth group, BBYO, which stands for B'nai B'rith Youth Organization. It's a youth group for Jewish teens in grades eight through 12. Not only have I made a bunch of new friends, but I also believe this program has made me a better Jew.
During their high school years, most teenagers wrestle with what seems like endless questions, and very few answers. Questions that, as I now look back, allowed me to explore and connect with my heritage and culture, and to develop my Jewish identity.